NDSU, USD football game canceled
VERMILLION, S.D. (Valley News Live) - The North Dakota State football team was sitting down for pregame breakfast in Vermillion, S.D. when head coach Matt Entz told the team today’s scheduled game against the University of South Dakota was canceled.
“Just really disappointed for our guys and our staff,” NDSU Director of Athletics Matt Larsen told the KVLY and KFYR Bison Football Network Saturday morning.
“I know all the time and energy they put into this and we’ve been fortunate as a department, we really haven’t been bit by the bug, so to speak, with having to lose games,” continued Larsen.
According to Larsen there were positive COVID-19 tests from both programs. NDSU play-by-play voice Jeff Culhane was the first to report it was canceled due to COVID-19 testing.
“With some positives in both programs, medical staff just thought it was the best thing to cancel the game,” explained Larsen.
As a result the Bison have packed up and are heading back to Fargo immediately.
The Missouri Valley Football Conference announcing the game will not be rescheduled. South Dakota is already scheduled to play Western Illinois on April 17. The open date left by the league for COVID-19 postponements.
NDSU is scheduled to play South Dakota State in one week.
“Our plans are still to play that game. We still have some hurdles we have to jump over to make sure that everyone is safe and healthy to be able to play next week,” said Larsen early Saturday morning.
One of those hurdles the program faces is when the they can test again.
“It’s been a challenging year for a lot of folks. You think about all the sacrifices, all the things are student-athletes have done differently to try to be able to compete. And we’ve come a long way and been able to compete,” Larsen said.
“So to have this hours before the game, I was in the room when coach told the team and there was certainly disappointment, a lot of disappointment across the room so I feel for those guys because they’ve put a lot in to be able to compete and unfortunately today we don’t get to,” he continued.
The UND football game at Youngstown State is postponed. NBC will televise PGA golf Saturday instead of the Bison football game.
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